Ninja Comments On Legitimacy, Consistency And Current State Of Competitive Fortnite

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Ninja Comments On Legitimacy, Consistency And Current State Of Competitive Fortnite

Prolific Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins took to Twitter earlier this evening with some comments while watching this season’s FNCS Warmup competition.

Competitive Fortnite is approaching the fourth seasonal Fortnite Champion Series, which will revisit the same trios format that started it four seasons ago. The consensus of Chapter 2 – Season 4 is much better than the past two seasons of Fortnite. Looking past the gimmicky Marvel superhero abilities, we have the Pump Shotgun, various mobility options, cars and some hotly contested points of interest (POIs). Despite the chest spawn decrease, fans are preparing for what could be the best FNCS to date.

However, the concept of competitive Fortnite remains a topic of discussion with each passing season, given its randomness and uneven playing field. Popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins took to Twitter with some comments on this seemingly neverending discussion during the NA East FNCS Warmup. The 29-year-old spent the better part of three years playing competitive and casual Fortnite. Ninja experienced the best and worst seasons of Fortnite, so his opinions indeed hold some merit.

Ninja’s Competitive Fortnite Analysis

Ninja has never shied away from his opinions about Fortnite. He just recently began playing the game for the first time since returning to Twitch. As a result, Ninja’s interest in Fortnite skyrocketed. During the FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 4 Warmup, Ninja released a nearly two-minute clip – discussing the current state of competitive Fortnite from his perspective.

“Without a dedicated league of respected teams and respected players, who you know, obviously know how to play at a high level,” began Ninja in his Twitter audio post, “I don’t think there will ever be full success and legitimacy of Fortnite competitive.”

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“I think that you know, the cups are going to be the cups and like Cash Cups etc,” Ninja continued. “That’s always going to be grief worthy, randoms are going to get in and just stream snipe, w key whatever. I think that’s inevitable and that’s just the nature of the of the Cash Cups.”

Ninja creates a clear distinction between open style tournaments like Cash Cups and the major FNCS competition. Unknown players will always have the option to ruin matches for others because they can engage in senseless fights.

Are Open Tournaments the Problem?

As an FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 1 Finalist, Ninja can understand the ebbs and flows of competitive Fortnite. The overarching issue lies within the randomness of every competition. Professional players sometimes fight off the spawn and other times have their chosen points of interest uncontested. There is no way to guarantee that established players will not have their tournament chances ruined by lesser-known competitors. We’ve seen similar scenarios play out in previous Fortnite Champion Series tournaments.

Occasionally, players or teams with no chance of winning will target others higher up the leaderboard. Contested spawn fights, storm fights and stream sniping also come into play. These are complicated factors to police from Epic Games’ standpoint. As Ninja said, griefing and w-keying are common in tournaments like Cash Cups because of its open format. That leaves the Fortnite Champion Series, which Epic should hold to a higher standard.

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What is the Solution?

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Ninja’s thoughts about the current state of competitive Fortnite resonated with a lot of the professional scene. It seems as though pro players are continually fighting an uphill battle to compete at the upper echelon. In theory, that makes sense, but Ninja offered a potential solution to this ongoing problem.

“In terms of FNCS and in terms of this next level [sic] next level Fortnite competitive for these players that are already established,” spoke Ninja. “There needs to be leagues and lobbies where they can queue up, you know, with teams [sic] against teams that are just as good who have qualified if you will and are there consistently.”

Consistency has always been the key to success in competitive Fortnite. Teams that perform consistently should be able to compete against teams of that same caliber. If that were the case – pro players could function at the highest level – and everyone else could work their way up to the top. The FNCS should be the gold standard for high-level Fortnite. The best should compete against the best week in and week out. Until then, the best players in the world will always run the risk of losing tournaments because of griefers and w-keyers.

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Matt Pryor
Matt is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. He appreciates all esports titles but primarily focuses on Fortnite and Call of Duty. Matt continuously analyzes gameplay and plays the games himself to better understand in-game decisions by the best players in the world.